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What causes the formation of varicose veins ? Vein Treatment Center in Buffalo Niagara and
Tuesday, August 6, 2013



There are lot of conditions that predispose to the formation of varicose veins and this includes heredity as it has been shown that male members of a family is more likely to pass on the genetic predisposition to form varicose veins than female members.  Other causes are race and gender.  Gender has been shown to be of equal risk in developing varicose veins. Posture such as being upright or occupations where there is lot of sitting or standing also predispose patients to develop varicose veins.


Height and weight are also predisposing factors and an increased association has been shown in patients who are overweight.  Overweight status has been shown to increase pressure at the saphenofemoral junction which increases venous insufficiency and predisposes patients to develop varicosities along the great saphenous vein system.


Occupations such as those where there is excessive sitting and standing and circulating hormones such as estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy also increase the risk of developing varicose veins.  Pregnancy has certainly been shown to increase the development of varicose veins especially in the second and third trimesters.  Primary valvular incompetence as well as secondary valvular incompetence are also risk factors which cause varicose veins.  Aging and incompetent perforator veins and arteriovenous communications are also shown to increase the likelihood of developing varicose veins.  Vein wall weakness and vein wall metabolic dysfunction have also been shown to cause enlargement of veins and thus development of varicose veins.  Phlebitis and deep vein thrombosis also increase the risk of developing varicose veins.


For more information about varicose veins, contact Hratch Karamanoukian, MD FACS  at the Vein Treatment Center with offices in Williamsville, New York and Clarence, New York or contact him at or call 716-839-3638.


For information and treatment in the Los Angeles area contact Raffy Karamanoukian, MD FACS  at the Santa Monica Vein Center or go to or call 310-998-5535. and are partners with







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